“Embracing the Xenophone: Siu Kam Wen and the Possibility of Spanish-language Chinese Literature.” (forthcoming in Prism: Theory and Modern Chinese Literature)
“Relational Taiwan: The Tidal Vision of Taiwanese Aboriginal Writer Syaman Rapongan,” in Kyle Shernuk, ed., A Taiwan Sourcebook: Island Inquiries. (Manuscript under preparation)
“Becoming Ethnic and Chinese: Sinophone Transculturation at the Millennial Turn.” PhD Diss., Harvard University, 2020.
ABSTRACT: This dissertation is inspired by a seemingly straightforward yet highly complex question: what does it mean “to be Chinese” at the turn of the twenty-first century?
To answer these questions, I make two interventions into the methodological and intellectual investigation of modern China. First, I propose the Sinophone Network as a means for reconceptualizing the perceived connections (or lack thereof) between literary and cinematic works composed and/or subtitled in Mandarin Chinese and/or Sinographs. Highlighting texts’ capacity for mutual intelligibility without regard to intentionality, this network creates the potential for a methodology of critical juxtaposition, from which shared practices and points of commonality can be identified. Second, by tapping into the potential of the Sinophone Network, I introduce the concept of Chinese/ethnoscapes for discussing the relationship between Chineseness and ethnicity. Understood as co-dependent and mutually constituted terms, Chinese/ethnoscapes reflect the materiality of lived experience at the same time as engaging with the more abstract political and socio-cultural ideologies in which they are embedded. By bringing together works by writers and directors from across the Sinophone Network, and by identifying their various yet shared techniques for expressing ethnic and Chinese identities, this dissertation argues for a redefinition of the limits and possibilities of modern Chinese literary and visual studies.
My argument is advanced through four instances of critical juxtaposition that highlight shared themes for theorizing and articulating ideas about ethnicity and Chineseness. Chapter One discusses the possibility of a Sinophone, ethnic Bildungsroman and the generic manipulation necessary to accommodate ethnically Lhasa-Tibetan and Paiwan-aboriginal subjects in their respective cultural contexts. Chapter Two addresses techniques for merging Han-majority and rGyalrong-Tibetan minority ideas about history and temporality into the generic form of the novel by recourse to the literary figure of the storyteller and ideas of cosmological time. Chapter Three examines how ecological relationships are conveyed from minoritized ethnic positions, specifically Amdo-Tibetan and T’ao-aboriginal, and how they interact with Han-majority positions in both China and Taiwan. Chapter Four investigates the ethnopolitics of solidarity building, particularly as they manifest in agendas of a Sino-Islamic, socialist cosmopolitanism and a Han-majoritarian multiculturalism. I conclude with a discussion of the historical and future potential of Chinese/ethnoscapes.
“The Ecology of Travel: Capitalism, Ethnicity, and the Environment in Dadelavan Ibau’s Farewell, Eagle,” International Journal of Taiwan Studies. (Advance Article, November 2020)
ABSTRACT: This article investigates the relationship between ethnicity, the environment, and capitalism in Paiwan aboriginal writer Dadelavan Ibau’s 2004 work, Farewell, Eagle: A Paiwan Woman’s West-Tibetan Travels.
“A Queerness of Relation: The Plight of the “Ethnic Minority” in Chan Koon-Chung’s Bare Life,” in Howard Chiang and Alvin Wong, eds., Keywords in Queer Sinophone Studies, 80-102. New York: Routledge, May 2020.
ABSTRACT: In this chapter, I advance a relational model for understanding the connection between ideas about ethnicity and gender in the People’s Republic of China (PRC; also, China) at the turn of the 21st century.
“2012/2014 – Minority Heritage in the Age of Multiculturalism: Zhang Chengzhi Republishes History of the Soul and Alai’s Zhandui Receives No Points.” in David Wang, ed., A New Literary History of Modern China, 934-940. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2017.
“1990/1: Yearnings debuts in the PRC; The Golden Age wins Taiwan’s Unitas Fiction Award: From the Margins to the Mainstream—A Tale of Two Wangs,” co-authored with Dylan Suher, in David Wang, ed., A New Literary History of Modern China, 821-826. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2017.
“October 1960: An Underground Chinese Malaysian War Novel is Published—Revolution, Body and the Chinese Malaysian Leftists Narrative,” co-authored with Chong Fah Hing, in David Wang, ed., A New Literary History of Modern China, 635-640. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2017.
Queer Chinese Postsocialist Horizons: New Models of Same-Sex Desire in Contemporary Chinese Fiction, “Sentiments Like Water” and Beijing Story. MA Thesis. University of Oregon. Ann Arbor: ProQuest/UMI, 2012. (ISBN 9781267563682).
ABSTRACT: This thesis represents an investigation into the strategies used by postsocialist Chinese male subjects to articulate their subjecthood and desires.